After a rough year in 2020, let’s spread some extra love and positivity this Valentines Day. As you begin to explore your Valentine’s Day options, check out our Valentine’s Day date and gift ideas to see how you can support St. Charles businesses to make your Valentine’s Day perfect!
- Enjoy a romantic, Italian dinner and a few glasses of wine
Celebrate Valentine’s Day by taking your date to a lovely, local Italian restaurant in St. Charles. Enjoy the savory flavors of pastas, steaks, woodfire pizzas and more at one of these delicious options; La Za Za Trattoria, Francesca’s by the River, Gia Mia, Nuova Italia or Osteria Trulli. All have diversifying tastes so you can’t go wrong choosing one of these phenomenal restaurants for dining in or ordering carryout! Make sure to get your orders and reservations in ahead of time or you might miss out!
If you want to keep the night going afterwards, find some fantastic wine at the Wine Exchange or Vintage 53! They both have an astounding, diverse selection of wines to choose from.
2. Make the day sweeter with St. Charles sweets
For valentine’s day, show your partner just how sweet you are by taking them on a dessert tour! Scoop up some phenomenal ice cream at Kimmer’s Ice Cream or get some frozen yogurt at Forever Yogurt. You can find fudge, chocolates, candy apples and more at Kilwin’s and Warehouse Confectionary. Or you can snag some cupcakes and other tasty baked treats at Smallcakes or call ahead to order pickup at Two Wild Seeds, a gluten free sweet shop.
Take a step back in time and checkout Rocket Fizz for your old time favorite candies, collectables and soda!
3. Spend a day together in total relaxation
Add a relaxing, refreshing note to your Valentine’s Day plans with a couple’s massage at Sage Healing Collective. Take an hour or 90 minutes to let the tension out as your worries are massaged away in a calm and wonderful atmosphere. Or explore other options such as facials, mani/pedis, infrared sauna and more! Check out all they have to offer and schedule your appointment on Sage’s website!
4. Go on a shopping spree
Let’s start with the Fellas! Take her to Jeans and a Cute Top shop or SG Too so she can find the latest fashion, accessories or home décor. Want to step it up a notch and get her a gift she won’t forget? Head to the Diamondaire or Mr. Marco’s Jewelers for top-notch jewelry and accessories.
Now Ladies, there’s no better way to a man’s heart than craft beer and food. Buy him a six pack, growler and more of the finest craft brews around at one of our six local, superb breweries. Did we mention that St. Charles has over 126 restaurants and bars? You can’t go wrong getting takeout or dinning in! For a complete listing of restaurants head to https://www.stcalliance.org/restaurants.
5. Make memories by creating art and other activities
Speak the love language of quality time by finding some different things to do with your partner. Get out of your comfort zone and try something different. Try axe throwing at Splinter’s Axe Throwing or take the Valentine’s Day workshop at Board and Brush! Board and Brush will also have some brews to enjoy while you paint something you can cherish so register before all the spots fill up! Check it out here to find the workshop and more classes.
6. Book a romantic getaway
We’ve all been cooped up due to the pandemic so why not get out of the house and into a hotel suite to spend a romantic evening away from it all. Hotel Baker features some of the most beautiful, romantic views in the city, and it’s right in the heart of downtown St. Charles so you can combine a room and some of the other activities into one amazing day and/or night you and your partner will cherish.
Now matter what you do, support local this Valentine’s Day! Check out some St. Charles businesses below for Valentine’s Day gift ideas!
Riverlands Brewing Company– Valentine’s Day Chocolate Covered Cookie Bundles. Each bundle comes with four hand-decorated custom Riverlands sandwich cookies from Grahams Fine Chocolates in Geneva and your choice of:- one 4-pack of Oreology Imperial Stout w/ vanilla, cocoa, and crushed cookies ‘n cream- one 4-pack of Pastry Power: Raspberry Parfait sour w/ raspberries, granola, marshmallow, vanilla, and lactose- one SPLIT 4-pack with two of each beer above. Order yours here.
Fit St. Charles – Purchase a membership for yourself and receive a second one for your significant other or son/daughter for free (first month only)
Smallcakes A Cupcakery of St. Charles– Find chocolate covered strawberries, decadent cupcakes and more! For more information on what’s available, visit here.
Kimmer’s Ice Cream & Pollyanna Brewing Co. – Pollyanna and Kimmer’s have partnered to bring you a delicious beer and ice cream pairing for the Ultimate Be’er Mine Beer and Ice Cream Bundle! The bundle includes: four 16 oz. cans of Pollyanna beer, four 2 oz. scoops of Kimmer’s Ice Cream and two Pollyanna Logo glasses.* Order here.
*when ordering, please designate a pickup date between Thursday, Feb. 11 and Saturday, Feb. 13. Bundles will be available those days between 4-7 p.m.
Kimmer’s Ice Cream – Kimmer’s Ice Cream will be offering Valentine’s Day Party Packs for $45.
These will include:
4 pints in the following flavors (one of each); Red Velvet Cake, Chocolate Covered Strawberry, White, Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, and Bittersweet Chocolate, a cup of heart sprinkles, 4 Valentine Sparkle Cones™, 4 freshly made waffle cones, and cups and spoons for 8.
Kilwins Chocolates, Fudge, & Ice Cream – St. Charles- Hand dipped chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate filled heart boxes & other Valentine’s Day goodies.
Hotel Baker– Make a room reservation for a night of romance with your significant other.
Cat Battista Company – put your orders in for Valentine’s Day floral arrangements!